Senior enrichment starts with curiosity and ends in lifelong friendships.

Designed for the retired and semi-retired, The Knowledge Exchange is a lifelong learning program that meets on Fridays for eight-week sessions in fall, winter and spring. Full-length courses, workshops and presentations are offered.

Courses are non-credit and led by a team of dedicated volunteers made up of GSU faculty, alumni and community experts. A volunteer Advisory Committee made up of Exchange class leaders and participants assist in overseeing the curriculum and sustaining quality programming. Topics include: History, Law, Liberal Arts, Current Events, Foreign Policy, Music/Film, Philosophy and more with lively discussions. Lunch is a great time to know other Exchange students, continue classroom discussions and share classroom and life experiences. Participants of The Knowledge Exchange enjoy a relaxed and friendly environment on the GSU campus and have formed a community of shared learning, social interaction and the free exchange of opinions and ideas.


The Knowledge Exchange, Fall 2023

Fridays, September 15 - November 3

Paper Sculpture with Diane DuBois

In Person / 4 weeks
September 15, 22, 29, & October 6

Icons of Power with Myras Osman

In Person / 4-weeks
October 13, 20, 27, & November 3

Icons of Photography in the 20th Century with Christine Small

8 weeks / Hybrid
September 15 – November 3

Virtual Lecture Series: The World’s Fairs with Dr. Jennie Hirsh

7 weeks / On-Line via Zoom
September 15 – November 3 (No class on October 5)

Supreme Court Decisions with Carl Stover

8 weeks / In Person
September 15 – November 3

Cinema Studies: Brief Encounters II - The Power of Short Film with Suzanne Patterson

8 weeks / In Person
September 15 – November 3

Lunch and Learn with Author Larry McClellan

12:10 - 12:55 p.m. / Room B2203
Friday, October 27: Book Signing and Discussion

Lunch and Learn with Digital Photographer George Kwain

12:10 - 12:55 p.m. / Room B2203
Friday, October 13: Digital Abstract Imaging
Friday, October 20: AI in Imaging

Curriculum Meeting

12:10 - 12:55 p.m. / Room B2203
Friday, November 3
Open to all course participants as well as the public; bring a lunch and get a sneak peek at upcoming session offerings.


The Knowledge Exchange’s (TKE) lifelong-learning program, at GSU’s School of Extended Learning is the only one of its kind in the Chicago southland and is currently looking to expand its team of class leaders.

Courses are non-credit meeting over 8-week sessions on Fridays during
the Fall, Winter, and Spring semesters.

Topics of interest include History, Literature, Music, Current Events, Science, Philosophy, and, most of all, Special Expertise. Whatever your interest or hobby, come and share that passion with TKE’s friendly and eager-to-learn community in a relaxed classroom environment at Governors State University.

If available and interested, contact Suzanne Patterson at 708.534.4393 or by email at spatterson3@govst.edu and she will be thrilled to discuss your ideas!